A Little Snow, at Last …

11 Feb

Up until a few days ago, we in the Milwaukee area had virtually no snow. North and South of us, yes. Not a lot, but enough that one could guess that one wasn't in some kind of time warp, or had somehow gotten left out of the Universe. But here? None, save a slight dusting at separated intervals. It's the same "dry" pattern we had last year, both Winter and Summer. The big drought was another feature of it … the jet streams have got disarranged, and who knows when (or if) they'll ever come back. Climate change is gettin' scary. On December 18, we had a wee bit, and I thought that maybe the dry spell had broken:

The snow was still falling, which is why the picture has an odd look.
Well, the short of it is, that was all we had until three days ago … no precipitation for a good month and a half, and this in one of the snowiest, rainiest places in the continental US.
Then, last Friday, it finally snowed! This isn't what we'd have called a real storm, five or ten years ago, but I get the feeling that this is the kind of "big snow" that we're going to be getting used to. Maybe six inches, tops, and it wouldn't surprise me if this were all we got for the season. A few pics:

I'll post these, and some others in a new little album called "February 8, 2013". Feel free to look.
Cheers, all …


Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


31 responses to “A Little Snow, at Last …

  1. derWandersmann

    February 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I'll hoist one wi' ye, lass!

  2. crystalacey

    February 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Is this what your looking for?

  3. serola

    February 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

    :yes: :smurf: :cheers:

  4. crystalacey

    February 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    I'll hoist one wi' ye, lass!

  5. derWandersmann

    February 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Programmed and running.

  6. harrytheman

    February 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Glad that you have had some wet – if frozen – stuff from the sky. Beautiful photos, as always.

  7. derWandersmann

    February 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you.

  8. crystalacey

    February 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  9. MrLeffe

    February 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Very nice post and pictures as allways.I think all the snow is falling over us it never stops 🙂 🙂

  10. derjungeamfluss

    February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    thank you for showing, but… i feel so tired of the cold and grey days, do you have sun in winter?

  11. mrandmrsbard

    February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures. We haven't had much snow either, dusting and 3 inches.

  12. derWandersmann

    February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    It sure stops here! When we first came here, we had snow, and lots of it, but now we hardly get any.

  13. gdare

    February 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    One of my friends asked me few days ago if we were affected with that huge snow storm on the east. Then I showed him a photo of a plum tree in a bloom. This is Vancouver. Enough said :left:

  14. derWandersmann

    February 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Originally posted by derjungeamfluss:

    do you have sun in winter?

    Not much … the area averages 175-180 cloudy days/year, with around 100 partly cloudy days. SAD is very common here. I have a mild case of it, myself. I never knew it until I started spending a couple of weekends in November, outdoors all day, coaching on the firing line at my club's annual Hunter's Sight-In Clinic. I felt much better! Even a cloudy day is much brighter outdoors than a supposedly well-lit house.So … if you're depressed by the darkness, get outdoors. There are also special light-boxes one can purchase for severe cases.And if all else fails … Fasching.

  15. derjungeamfluss

    February 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

    hihi, yes i am outside every day, biking and walking; but may be matter of age now that i miss the sun very much 🙂

  16. derWandersmann

    February 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Welcome to the club!

  17. derjungeamfluss

    February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    ups, you are laughing?:D 😥

  18. RedFreya

    February 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    The snow has started again here, recovering the ground before the last lot had thawed. The snowdrops are in their natural element peeping out from amongst the snow, with the tips of the violets just emerging too.

  19. derWandersmann

    February 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Freya, your picture looks like a salad! It seems to have a greenish cast; maybe a little fiddling with the colour?Nice to see the snowdrops!

  20. derWandersmann

    February 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Originally posted by derjungeamfluss:

    ups, you are laughing?

    Laughing with, not at. I'm even older than you, by 20+ years. I know the effects of age very well. What can one do? Crying doesn't help; laughing is better.

  21. RedFreya

    February 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I see it as a blue tinge. :confused: I had a quick try, but it didn`t make much difference. The light was poor and perhaps I should have used a snow setting. I think the camera needs recalibrating.I like it when bare trees are lightly covered in snow, it retains the outline, but clothes them in white foliage.

  22. SittingFox

    February 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Well, it's more snow than I've seen this winter (although the North Downs have had their usual amount, I think). Hope there will be enough to keep the rivers at a reasonable level in the spring.

  23. derWandersmann

    February 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    The Great Lakes (American, not African) are something like 6+ feet below maximum. This is most unusual.

  24. crystalacey

    February 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    That is for sure!!! Considering that a significant amount of water comes from out in my neck of the woods, I'd guess part of the problem is the drought we have been having here in Western Canada on the East side of the Rocky Mountains. When one considers that they used to run river paddle wheelers on the Saskatchewan rivers in the 18th century, but not for about 100 years now, I'd guess that says something too. The future should answer some questions Mann….. 😛

  25. mrandmrsbard

    February 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Looks like you're getting a little more snow. We got 5 inches last night.:D

  26. derWandersmann

    February 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    About the same, here. All (or almost) of the last stuff was gone by then, though.

  27. crystalacey

    February 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Our snow is all gone here. We have had a really warm February for us, mostly above 0 C during the day. O.o La Nino, I think :confused:

  28. studio41

    February 27, 2013 at 2:02 am

    pretty snow… 🙂

  29. evawiren

    November 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

    hello dW
    I am happy to see all your blogposts . It all looks realy nice

    And I dont understand those smilies

    • derwandersmann

      November 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Me either, Eva … and it seems that in the transportation here, the comments have gotten out of order.
      Very queer, indeed.

  30. evawiren

    November 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Yes indeed I found that out too. i gave up and very old post I have removed so in time I will pick
    out pictures in galleries from those old posts.


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